Faux-serious political ads: Serial killer Mitt vs. Aborted fetal parts

The 2012 election may end up being known as the one with all the not-quite-serious political ads.

Yesterday, the “Definitely Not Coordinated With Stephen Colbert Super PAC” released this attack ad on Mitt Romney. Colbert, who formed the actual PAC last spring, passed control of it on to Jon Stewart last week so that he can consider a run for President of the United States of North Carolina. (Yes, please.)

In perfect Colbert fashion, the stunt is totally absurd, while also making a serious point about the campaign finance loopholes that allow unlimited spending by super PACs as long as they are ostensibly independent from the candidate. And any chance to remind voters that Romney thinks corporations are people is good by me.

While Colbert probably won’t actually be on the ballot, Randall Terry’s presidential bid is for real. The anti-choice activist is running as a Democrat against President Obama in order to show graphic anti-abortion ads like this one on TV.

Since he’s a candidate for federal office, the stations have no choice but to show the ads during the 45 days before a primary and 60 days before the election. That means that some lucky viewers will get an anti-choice treat during the Super Bowl. Isn’t the political process grand? Now if only Colbert would do a parody of Terry’s ads…

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like Cosmopolitan.com, TheAtlantic.com, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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